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Florida Panthers' Jimmy Hayes (12) and Los Angeles Kings' Justin Williams (14) slam into the boards as they fight for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Stanley Cup champion LA Kings slumping in their repeat bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The way their winter is going, the Los Angeles Kings might not even get a chance to defend their crown in the spring. The Stanley Cup champions are in a profound […]

02/06/2015

FILE - In this Jan. 9. 2015, file photo, referee Lauren Holtkamp makes a call during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Union defends Paul, says he would not disrespect women

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Paul’s criticism of a rookie referee had nothing to do with her gender, the executive director of the NBA Players Association says. Michele Roberts backed the Los Angeles Clippers guard […]

02/06/2015

FILE - In this Jan. 9. 2015, file photo, referee Lauren Holtkamp makes a call during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Refs union backs female ref after Paul’s ‘personal’ comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The union representing NBA referees defended official Lauren Holtkamp on Friday after “personal and unprofessional comments” by Clippers guard Chris Paul. Paul criticized the rookie referee Thursday, saying she might not […]

02/06/2015

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (3) is called for a flagrant foul against Cleveland Cavaliers Timofey Mozgov (20) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Roggin on CP3 debate: When you get tee’d up 5 times, that’s on you

Fred Roggin weighs in after all the hype about Chris Paul’s comments regarding rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp. Portions of Fred’s comments about the Clippers game last night include: “Any way you want to cut, slice […]

02/06/2015

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Filmmaker Billy Corben on The Drive

Acclaimed documentary film director Billy Corben (of The U, The U part 2 and Cocaine Cowboys)  joined The Drive today to talk about his new film in the ESPN 30 for 30 series, The U […]

12/19/2014

Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Yogi Roth: Critical for USC to respond with win against Notre Dame

Pac 12 Network Analyst Yogi Roth joined The Home Team on your new home for sports, The Beast 980 Friday morning. Roth explained why it is time for Brett Hundley to leave UCLA, why USC […]

11/28/2014

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Islanders top Kings 2-1 in shootout, sweep SoCal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The New York Islanders stumbled into Southern California with a three-game skid and a sputtering offense. After back-to-back victories over two NHL powers, it’s clear the Isles got much more than […]

11/07/2014

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George Wrighster: The concept of ‘black enough’ is ridiculous

The Beast 980 NFL Insider George Wrighster peeled back the curtain on the unsourced and anonymous jabs at Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson over his being a ‘black enough’ football player. George said it’s about […]

10/23/2014

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Mora won’t say who’s throwing for UCLA vs. Arizona State

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least UCLA coach Jim Mora acknowledges he’ll need a quarterback in next week’s Pac-12 opener at Arizona State. Although Mora concedes “someone has to go in” for the 12th-ranked Bruins […]

09/22/2014